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The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by zhivago » Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:39 am

yup, gonna give my favorite delay pedal some love today...it has prevailed over every analog delay I have owned or tried extensively (through different amps and different guitars too)

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The only way I can describe the sound is "Chocolate flakes falling from the sky slowly"....I love the thickness of the repeats, and I fiind the 12V higher headroom is a perfect match for the huge boost the Zvex Super Duper I use in front, puts through.

for the record, I have the 2-Chip version....it uses two MN3005's...here's a pic of my pedal's insides:

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The analog delays I've owned in the past have been: Boss DM2, Boss DM3 and Morley Emerald Echo.....I really liked the DM2 I had...but I found the AD900 had something extra that I can't put my finger on (plus the obvious twice the amount of delay)

The delays I've tried: Quicksilver, EchoTap, Boss DD3, Boss DD5, EH Memory Man etc.

anyone else here using one?

my usual setting is (left to right) 11 o clock, 12.30, 1 o clock.....what are your favorite settings etc?
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by i love sharin foo » Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:44 am

I haven't had a chance to try one of those out first hand, but I love the sounds I've heard on recordings using them. I think you're right about the headroom thing... the old maxon AD80 I have runs on 18 volts and it really seems to make it react differently. I think I like the Maxon and Ibanez analog delays a fair bit more than the DM-3.

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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by flatfiver » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:56 am

All I have is an Ibanez AD-9 reissue... :(

I love Maxon pedals though!  (have OD-808 and Phasetone)
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by zhivago » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:58 am

flatfiver wrote: All I have is an Ibanez AD-9 reissue... :(
why the sad face?

I hear it's a great pedal! :)
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by Stereordinary » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:10 pm

zhivago wrote:
flatfiver wrote: All I have is an Ibanez AD-9 reissue... :(
why the sad face?

I hear it's a great pedal! :)
No, it's not.  No disrespect to flatfiver, but yeah, I tried out one of the Ibanez AD-9 reissues and hated it.
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by i love sharin foo » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:39 pm

I had one of the RI AD9s that I really, really liked after tweaking the internal trim pots slightly. It sounded much darker and thicker than the DM-3 (although I traded away the AD9 and kept the DM-3 due to collectibility reasons....  ::) ::) ::) ). And in that respect (dark, fat, smooth), I find that the AD80 has those same qualities, just a bit more, dare I say, refined. And then from what I have heard, the AD900 and to a slightly lesser extent, the AD999 have that same kind of uniqueness to the sound.

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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by zhivago » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:18 pm

stereordinary wrote:
zhivago wrote:
flatfiver wrote: All I have is an Ibanez AD-9 reissue... :(
why the sad face?

I hear it's a great pedal! :)
No, it's not.  No disrespect to flatfiver, but yeah, I tried out one of the Ibanez AD-9 reissues and hated it.
ah right....hmmm...what's wrong with it exactly?
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by Stereordinary » Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:00 pm

About all I could get out of it was mud.  Admittedly, I didn't get to tweak the trims, because it was a loan from a shop, but all it did was make crunchy noises that didn't even sound cool.  It had no pizzazz y'know?  The echoes didn't say "I'm back, embrace me as you did the initial note!"  No, they just kind of slunkered away into the rear lower left hand corner of my speaker cab and said "GehFuuddj,jemehluckannoodle..buh..."
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by zhivago » Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:04 pm

ahhh...ok...that doesn't sound too good. :(
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by FireAarro » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:03 pm

What's the difference between the AD900 and the AD999?
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by i love sharin foo » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:40 pm

FireAarro wrote: What's the difference between the AD900 and the AD999?
Basically, the 900 is around 600ms and the 999 closer to 900ms. Beyond that, I'm not too sure how/if the circuitry was changed much. The earlier 900s (like John's) used two chipes and the later ones 4. I'm not sure about the 999. I've heard several people say that the 999 is not as good sounding as the 900, but I know several people who have/ had them and liked them (999s) quite a bit.

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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by flatfiver » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:32 am

zhivago wrote:
flatfiver wrote: All I have is an Ibanez AD-9 reissue... :(
why the sad face?
Mostly because I can't contribute to the AD-900 love!  But also a little because the Maxon AD-9 RI and the 900/999 are supposed to be so much better!  I'm not really a delay guy, though, so I'm pretty well satisfied with what I got.  :)
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by zhivago » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:01 am

i love sharin foo wrote:
FireAarro wrote: What's the difference between the AD900 and the AD999?
Basically, the 900 is around 600ms and the 999 closer to 900ms. Beyond that, I'm not too sure how/if the circuitry was changed much. The earlier 900s (like John's) used two chipes and the later ones 4. I'm not sure about the 999. I've heard several people say that the 999 is not as good sounding as the 900, but I know several people who have/ had them and liked them (999s) quite a bit.

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that's pretty much it....also another difference is the AD900 runs on 12V, but the AD999 runs on 9V...so there's less headroom with the AD999

people who have had both claim they sound different...I don't really know about that though  :-\
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by zhivago » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:02 am

flatfiver wrote: I'm not really a delay guy, though, so I'm pretty well satisfied with what I got.  :)

that's what it's all about....I'm a set and forget kinda guy with my delay.... :)
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Re: The Maxon AD900 Appreciation Thread.....

Post by Pumpkin » Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:26 pm

Anyone have an original AD9.?.....cause i hear they are the most sort after,and best analog delay around.

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